How to Increase Sperm Without Pills

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To maximize a woman's chances of getting pregnant, it's important for a man to consider his own fertility and sperm count. A man needs to produce plenty of healthy sperm so they can fertilize an egg and create an embryo. One possible cause of infertility in men is low sperm count. There are things a man can do--without medication--to naturally boost sperm count and fertility.

Step 1

Avoid harmful substances, according to the Mayo Clinic. These include illegal drugs, such as cocaine, opiates and marijuana. It's also important to avoid smoking and chewing tobacco, as well as excessive alcohol consumption--if you drink, keep it to only one or two drinks per day.

Step 2

Avoid hot baths. Heat in the genital area can decrease sperm count, according to the Mayo Clinic. For maximum sperm production, don't take hot baths or or use hot tubs. It's also best to skip steam rooms and steam showers. Also, wear loose underwear and pants, and don't place a laptop computer or other warm electronic on your lap.

Step 3

Don't take steroids or hormones. Use of steroids can reduce the size of testicles and should be avoided as they can decrease sperm count and lead to infertility, according to the Mayo Clinic. Prostate cancer medications and testosterone pills also can affect fertility and should be avoided to maximize sperm count.

Step 4

Limit how often you ejaculate. If you're trying to get pregnant, avoid frequent intercourse or ejaculation. You can naturally increase sperm count by giving it time to build up in the semen, so that when you do have intercourse more sperm are released.

Tip

A healthy lifestyle can improve sperm count and quality, so exercise and eat a healthy diet.

Warning

If you continue to struggle with infertility, see a fertility specialist about ways to improve your chances of conceiving.

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